PB BLADE VS SUPERSTOCK VS BSB BLADES
HONDA RACING GAVE us an exclusive look at the dyno charts for their bikes, and ran our project bike on their dyno for comparison. The orange line is our bike: fairly typical for a standard, pre-2014 model without the fettled head and factory blueprinting. “It’s vibrating a a bit, though, they’re usually smoother than this,” Paul noticed. That’ll be the bollocksed chain and missing engine mount. Don’t you worry about that…
In blue is the standard Fireblade SP O’Halloran’s 2014 Superstock bike was built from. The gains from the fettled head are well worth us investigating further when we have our motor out for the thread repair. Next up is the same bike, but fitted with an Akrapovic race exhaust plus a Bazzaz fuel injection module – Superstock rules only allow plug-in fuelling/ ignition management. There’s a small gain at the top, but the grunt is most impressive – up to 9000rpm it’s the strongest bike here, by around 15bhp at certain revs!
The BSB bike is naturally the most powerful, and linear, with sub-Superstock midrange building to a 200bhp-plus top end. “The curve is that shape to make it easier to drive – we could have the low-rev torque of the stock engine, but with the current cable-operated injection, it makes it harder to get out of corners. With the new bike’s ride-by-wire, we can to put the power back, and manage it, too.